Four years later, DU seniors look back on athletic careers

By Bianca Cahue

April 16, 2014

Gaby Cossyleon, women’s soccer:  “If you could play a sport, I believe it is the best thing that anybody can ever pursue during college.”

“It’s tough. Walking out on the field being cold as hell, having to do the beep test or run miles; looking at my teammates and seeing us struggle together is a journey in itself.”

Robbie Baird, captain, men’s soccer:  “There’s not much time to goof off playing a sport. You work, go to class, go to practice, do your homework and go to sleep, just to do it all over again.”

Claire Dezelski, captain, women’s volleyball: “My teammates and I were pushed both mentally and physically, which gave us the toughness to win our conference tournament this year. The 6 a.m. workouts, the three-a-day practices and the late night bus rides after games were all worth it after holding up that trophy at the end of the year.”

“I have acquired time management and leadership skills that were not only beneficial throughout my college career, but will be useful for the rest of my life. My role as a captain on the team really developed my overall leadership skills as well. I became more confident in myself and my ability to lead others.”

Mitchell McCaffery, two year captain, men’s baseball: McCaffery thought back to the hard-earned accomplishment of making the conference tournament his sophomore year for the very first time as a program.

“I remember it clearly. I received a mass text message at 10 p.m. from Coach Hardman saying, ‘Pack your bags, we’re headed to Fon Du Lac (Wis.) for the conference tournament.’”

Two year captain, Taylor DeRoo, men’s basketball: DeRoo spoke towards future incoming student-athletes.

“Take care of yourself, take care of your body, get your rest, work on your game, but don’t forget to take advantage of the opportunities Dominican Athletics has to offer.”